A doubleplusungood story about Dutch euthanasia

The death of a 17-year-old girl suffering from anorexia raises serious questions By Michael Cook Last week the news that Noa Pothoven, a 17-year-old Dutch girl suffering from anorexia nervosa, had been euthanised flew around the world. It wasn’t true. The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) clarified what had really happened: “She decided to stop …

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After 15 years, will the Dutch finally prosecute a euthanasia doctor?

By Michael Cook For the first time since the legalisation of euthanasia [in the Netherlands] in 2002, a doctor may be prosecuted for not following the letter of the law, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. The case, which was reported by BioEdge in February, concerned a 80-year-old woman with dementia who entered …

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MCCL GO criticizes Dutch euthanasia human rights violations

Executive Director addresses Human Rights Council report on the Netherlands GENEVA — The U.N. Human Rights Council is ignoring human rights concerns regarding the practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands, according to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach. MCCL GO Executive Director Scott Fischbach addressed the Council in Geneva today. “Euthanasia is a crime …

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Dutch euthanasia getting so out of hand that even assisted-death docs want to hit the brakes

By Doug Mainwaring July 5, 2017 — An advertisement taken out in a major newspaper in the Netherlands by more than 200 Dutch doctors begins, “[Assisted suicide] for someone who cannot confirm he wants to die? No, we will not do that. Our moral reluctance to end the life of a defenseless man is too …

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A Dutch euthanasia pioneer surveys the wreckage and despairs

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This appeared at Bioedge and is reposted with permission. If there is anyone who could be called a patron saint of Dutch euthanasia, it is the psychiatrist Boudewijn Chabot. In 1991 he gave one of his patients, Mrs. B, a lethal dose of medication. After accompanying her until she died he …

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Dutch MP flags new extension to euthanasia laws

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia Dutch News is reporting that the media hype over the idea of euthanasia for a ‘completed life’ that has been going on for more than a year, now has a legislative backer in MP Pia Dijkstra. This idea was the subject of a government inquiry that followed years of …

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The year they did the unthinkable – child euthanasia in the Low Countries

By Paul Russell, Executive Director, HOPE Australia Hot upon the heels of the news that the first reported case of euthanasia for a minor took place recently in Belgium, comes the news from Holland that a ‘centre for euthanasia in children’ is expected to open in that country within 12 months. Dutch Health Minister, Edith …

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Reports confirmed first child euthanized under Belgium law that allows euthanasia at any age

By Dave Andrusko Little by little a few details are surfacing about an unidentified 17 year old child who was euthanized last week in Belgium who was suffering from a (conveniently) unidentified “incurable illness.” “The euthanasia has taken place,” Jacqueline Herremans, a member of Belgium’s federal euthanasia commission, told Agence France-Presse. CNN headlined its story, …

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Dutch pediatricians seek child euthanasia

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This was first reposted this past May. The Dutch Health Minister, Edith Schippers, has earmarked almost 400,000 Euros for a study of whether to expand eligibility for euthanasia to children between 1 and 12. At the moment, children under 1 may be killed with the consent of their parents following …

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Documentary chronicles history of Dutch euthanasia law from pro-euthanasia perspective

By Michael Cook A new documentary, “The Fight to Die,” made by Dutch director Nan Rosens, gives a quick history of the Dutch legalisation from the 1970s. It was partly financed by NVVE, the Dutch right-to-die organization. For supporters of euthanasia, the film depicts the major figures in changing the law as bold and compassionate …

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Dutch MDs Help People Suicide by Starvation

By Wesley J. Smith Once the culture of death sinks its venomous teeth into a society, corruption follows upon corruption. The medical sector is among the first to corrode. Witness the Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) that now advises its members to help “anyone” commit suicide by self-starvation. From, “Caring for People Who Choose Not to …

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New push for Dutch suicide pill

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia There’s a question that I have put to those who are pushing for euthanasia and assisted suicide laws on occasion. Put simply I ask: If you are successful in your push for law reform on this subject, will you celebrate your victory and then close down your organisation? After …

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